Rain to sweep through area

Published 12:00 am Wednesday, December 23, 2015

The weather outside is going to be frightful this Christmas as rain and thunderstorms could bring flooding to the area, according to the National Weather Service.

There is a 90 percent chance of thunderstorms today and tonight, and a 60 percent chance on Thursday, Christmas Eve.

On Christmas Day, the percentage chance of thunderstorms drops down to 30 percent.

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“We’re watching and waiting,” said county emergency management agency director David Adams. “Really, that’s all we can do at this point. We are monitoring data from the National Weather Service as it comes in.”

Adams said flood warnings have been issued for Big Escambia Creek at Flomaton and Escambia River near Century, Fla. Flood stage for Big Escambia Creek is 14 feet, he said.

“The water way is forecasted to rise above flood stage by early Friday morning and continue to rise to 14.6 feet by that afternoon,” he said. “At that point, some homes north of Ala. Hwy. 31 may become affected by flood water as levels continue to rise.”

Additionally, the NWS is predicting the following river and creek totals:

• Murder Creek at 21.3 feet today. Minor flooding occurs at 22 feet.

• Escambia River near Flomaton to crest at 19.5 on Dec. 25.

• Conecuh River will crest at 24.1 feet on Dec. 27.